List of Ohio State Buckeyes bowl games

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Ohio State lines up on defense in the 2008 BCS National Championship Game.

The Ohio State Buckeyes football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing the Ohio State University in the Leaders Division of the Big Ten Conference. Since the establishment of the football program in 1890, the Buckeyes have played in 44 bowl games.[1] Included in these games are 26 appearances in the "big four" bowl games (the Rose, Sugar, Orange, and Fiesta) and 10 appearances in the Bowl Championship Series, including one national championship victory in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl and two appearances in the BCS National Championship Game.

Ohio State's first bowl game came during the 1920 season when, under the leadership of eighth year head coach John Wilce, the team went onto the Rose Bowl where they would be defeated by California 28–0.[2] Following their first Rose Bowl appearance, the school would not make another bowl appearance until 1949, when head coach Wes Fesler led the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl again, this time defeating the California Golden Bears 17–14.[3] Following Fesler, Woody Hayes took over the position of head coach at Ohio State and during his career would lead the Buckeyes to eleven bowl games and compiling a 5–6 record. The Buckeyes appeared in the Rose Bowl eight times during Hayes' tenure and would go 4–4 in those games. Hayes would also lead the Buckeyes to one Orange Bowl, one Sugar Bowl, and one Gator Bowl appearance during his time as head coach.[1]

Earle Bruce become the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes following Woody Hayes in 1979. Bruce would lead the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl in his first season, coming one point away from a national championship, losing to the USC Trojans 17–16.[4] Over Bruce's career, the Buckeyes would make eight bowl appearances going 5–3 in those games. Ohio State also made two Rose Bowl appearances under Bruce, in which the team went 0–2. Following Bruce, John Cooper became the head coach of the Buckeyes and would lead the school to ten bowl appearances, including one Rose Bowl victory in 1997, the school's first Rose Bowl victory since 1974.[5][6] Cooper would lead the Buckeyes to a 3–8 bowl record during his tenure. Cooper would also lead the Buckeyes to the Sugar Bowl in 1999, the first Bowl Championship Series appearance for Ohio State.

Jim Tressel was hired as the head coach of the Buckeyes in 2001 and would remain head coach at the university until 2010. Under Tressel, Ohio State made a bowl appearance in all his ten seasons as head coach and made eight BCS bowl appearances for a total of nine appearances for the university, the most of any other school.[1][7] Tressel would also lead the Buckeyes to the national championship game in 2002, where the Buckeyes defeated the Miami Hurricanes 31–24 in double overtime for their first national championship since 1970.[8] Tressel compiled an overall bowl record of 5–4 with one vacated victory, including two appearances in the BCS National Championship Game, four appearances in the Fiesta Bowl, one in the Rose Bowl, one in the Sugar Bowl, one in the Outback Bowl, and one in the Alamo Bowl. Ohio State would also reach the Gator Bowl in 2011 under head coach Luke Fickell, which they would lose 24–17 to the Florida Gators. In his second year as head coach, Urban Meyer led the Buckeyes to their tenth and final BCS game before the start of the College Football Playoff, a 40-35 loss to Clemson in the 2014 Orange Bowl. Their official all time bowl record currently stands at 19 wins and 25 losses.

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Bowl games[edit]

List of bowl games showing bowl played in, score, date, season, opponent, stadium, location, attendance and head coach[A 1]
# Bowl[1] Score[A 2] Date Season[A 3] Opponent[A 4] Stadium Location Attendance[5] Head coach
1 Rose Bowl L 28–0 January 1, 1921 1920 California Golden Bears Rose Bowl Pasadena 42,000double-dagger Wilce, JohnJohn Wilce
2 Rose Bowl W 17–14 January 1, 1950 1949 California Golden Bears Rose Bowl Pasadena 100,963double-dagger Fesler, WesWes Fesler
3 Rose Bowl W 20–7 January 1, 1955 1954 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 89,191 Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes
4 Rose Bowl W 10–7 January 1, 1958 1957 Oregon Ducks Rose Bowl Pasadena 98,202 Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes
5 Rose Bowl W 27–16 January 1, 1969 1968 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 102,063 Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes
6 Rose Bowl L 27–17 January 1, 1971 1970 Stanford Indians Rose Bowl Pasadena 103,839 Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes
7 Rose Bowl L 42–17 January 1, 1973 1972 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 106,869dagger Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes
8 Rose Bowl W 42–21 January 1, 1974 1973 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 105,267 Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes
9 Rose Bowl L 18–17 January 1, 1975 1974 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 106,721 Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes
10 Rose Bowl L 23–10 January 1, 1976 1975 UCLA Bruins Rose Bowl Pasadena 105,464 Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes
11 Orange Bowl W 27–10 January 1, 1977 1976 Colorado Buffaloes Orange Bowl Miami 65,537 Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes
12 Sugar Bowl L 35–6 January 2, 1978 1977 Alabama Crimson Tide Louisiana Superdome New Orleans 76,811 Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes
13 Gator Bowl L 17–15 December 29, 1978 1978 Clemson Tigers Gator Bowl Jacksonville 72,011 Hayes, WoodyWoody Hayes
14 Rose Bowl L 17–16 January 1, 1980 1979 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 105,526 Bruce, EarleEarle Bruce
15 Fiesta Bowl L 31–19 December 26, 1980 1980 Penn State Nittany Lions Sun Devil Stadium Tempe 66,738double-dagger Bruce, EarleEarle Bruce
16 Liberty Bowl W 31–28 December 30, 1981 1981 Navy Midshipmen Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis 43,216 Bruce, EarleEarle Bruce
17 Holiday Bowl W 47–17 December 17, 1982 1982 BYU Cougars Jack Murphy Stadium San Diego 52,533double-dagger Bruce, EarleEarle Bruce
18 Fiesta Bowl W 28–23 January 2, 1984 1983 Pittsburgh Panthers Sun Devil Stadium Tempe 66,484 Bruce, EarleEarle Bruce
19 Rose Bowl L 20–17 January 1, 1985 1984 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 102,594 Bruce, EarleEarle Bruce
20 Citrus Bowl W 10–7 December 28, 1985 1985 BYU Cougars Citrus Bowl Orlando 50,920 Bruce, EarleEarle Bruce
21 Cotton Bowl Classic W 28–12 January 1, 1987 1986 Texas A&M Aggies Cotton Dallas 74,188 Bruce, EarleEarle Bruce
22 Hall of Fame Bowl L 31–14 January 1, 1990 1989 Auburn Tigers Tampa Stadium Tampa 52,535 John CooperJohn Cooper
23 Liberty Bowl L 23–11 December 27, 1990 1990 Air Force Falcons Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis 13,144 John CooperJohn Cooper
24 Hall of Fame Bowl L 24–17 January 1, 1992 1991 Syracuse Orangemen Tampa Stadium Tampa 57,789 John CooperJohn Cooper
25 Citrus Bowl L 21–14 January 1, 1993 1992 Georgia Bulldogs Citrus Bowl Orlando 65,816 John CooperJohn Cooper
26 Holiday Bowl W 28–21 December 30, 1993 1993 BYU Cougars Jack Murphy Stadium San Diego 52,108 John CooperJohn Cooper
27 Citrus Bowl L 24–17 January 2, 1995 1994 Alabama Crimson Tide Citrus Bowl Orlando 71,195 John CooperJohn Cooper
28 Citrus Bowl L 20–15 January 2, 1996 1995 Tennessee Volunteers Citrus Bowl Orlando 70,797 John CooperJohn Cooper
29 Rose Bowl W 20–17 January 1, 1997 1996 Arizona State Sun Devils Rose Bowl Pasadena 100,635 John CooperJohn Cooper
30 Sugar Bowl L 31–14 January 1, 1998 1997 Florida State Seminoles Louisiana Superdome New Orleans 67,289 John CooperJohn Cooper
31 Sugar Bowl W 24–14 January 1, 1999 1998 Texas A&M Aggies Louisiana Superdome New Orleans 76,503 John CooperJohn Cooper
32 Outback Bowl L 24–7 January 1, 2001 2000 South Carolina Gamecocks Raymond James Stadium Tampa 65,299 John CooperJohn Cooper
33 Outback Bowl L 31–28 January 1, 2002 2001 South Carolina Gamecocks Raymond James Stadium Tampa 66,249dagger Tressel, JimJim Tressel
34 Fiesta Bowl* W 31–242OT January 3, 2003 2002 Miami Hurricanes Sun Devil Stadium Tempe 77,502 Tressel, JimJim Tressel
35 Fiesta Bowl W 35–28 January 2, 2004 2003 Kansas State Wildcats Sun Devil Stadium Tempe 73,425 Tressel, JimJim Tressel
36 Alamo Bowl W 33–6 December 29, 2004 2004 Oklahoma State Cowboys Alamodome San Antonio 65,265 Tressel, JimJim Tressel
37 Fiesta Bowl W 34–20 January 2, 2006 2005 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Sun Devil Stadium Tempe 76,196 Tressel, JimJim Tressel
38 BCS National Championship Game* L 41–14 January 8, 2007 2006 Florida Gators University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale 74,628double-dagger Tressel, JimJim Tressel
39 BCS National Championship Game* L 38–24 January 7, 2008 2007 LSU Tigers Louisiana Superdome New Orleans 79,651double-dagger Tressel, JimJim Tressel
40 Fiesta Bowl L 24–21 January 5, 2009 2008 Texas Longhorns University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale 72,047 Tressel, JimJim Tressel
41 Rose Bowl W 26–17 January 1, 2010 2009 Oregon Ducks Rose Bowl Pasadena 93,963 Tressel, JimJim Tressel
42 Sugar Bowl W* 31–26[A 5] January 4, 2011 2010 Arkansas Razorbacks Louisiana Superdome New Orleans 73,879 Tressel, JimJim Tressel
43 Gator Bowl L 24–17 January 2, 2012 2011 Florida Gators EverBank Field Jacksonville 61,312 Fickell, LukeLuke Fickell
44 Orange Bowl L 40–35 January 3, 2014 2013 Clemson Tigers Sun Life Stadium Miami 72,080 Meyer, UrbanUrban Meyer

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Statistics correct as of 2011–12 NCAA football bowl games.
  2. ^ Results are sortable first by whether the result was an Ohio State win, loss or tie and then second by the margin of victory.
  3. ^ Links to the season article for the Ohio State team that competed in the bowl for that year.
  4. ^ Links to the season article for the opponent that Ohio State competed against in the bowl for that year when available or to their general page when unavailable.
  5. ^ Ohio State voluntarily vacated their Sugar Bowl victory following NCAA allegations.[9]

References[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c d "The History of Ohio State Football - Bowl Games". Ohio State Buckeyes. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rose Bowl 1921". Rose Bowl History. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rose Bowl 1950". Rose Bowl History. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rose Bowl 1980". Rose Bowl History. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Rose Bowl 1997". Rose Bowl History. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Laracy, Alex. "1997 - Ohio State 20, Arizona State 17". ESPN. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Hier, Daryle. "Winningest Teams in BCS Bowls Over Last 10 Years: A Fan’s Look Back". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "32nd Annual Fiesta Bowl - Ohio State 31, Miami 24 (2OT)". Fiesta Bowl. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ Wieburg, Steve (July 8, 2011). "Ohio State will vacate all its victories from the 2010 season". USA Today. Retrieved August 12, 2012.